Video: Emergency team fires non-lethal rounds at inmates after prison disturbance | KOB 4

Video: Emergency team fires non-lethal rounds at inmates after prison disturbance

Nathan O'Neal
Created: May 25, 2020 10:10 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Video obtained by KOB 4 shows emergency teams firing off non-lethal rounds at 22 inmates after a disturbance at a New Mexico state prison facility.

The incident occurred on March 23. at the Northwestern New Mexico Correctional Center in Grants. The facility is a pre-release facility for men, meaning it’s designed to house inmates who are two years or less away from release.


Surveillance cameras inside the facility appear to capture inmates hatching a plan. The video shows inmates re-arranging furniture inside the pods to create a make-shift barrier, blocking windows with clothing and using soapy mops to cover the cameras overhead.

At one point, the inmates are forced outside to the grounds where they were surrounded by officers from at least six different law enforcement agencies.

“Be advised, they’re throwing rocks up at the officers on the roof,” said one officer.

Eventually, emergency teams deployed non-lethal rounds at the inmates. The move triggered the inmates to back down as prison officials worked to restored order.

The state reports the inmates caused quite a bit of damage, including some broken windows in the pods and minor damage to a fire door.

At least 22 inmates were disciplined for actively participating in the stand-off. However, none of the inmates have been criminally charged so far.


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